Schizophrenia and Disability

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that involves a splitting of mental functions that often gets it confused with “split personality” or multiple personality disorder. It is a complicated illness, the origins of which have not yet been discovered. It is thought to be primarily a hereditary disease, as most of the people who have schizophrenia are related to someone with it. Its symptoms usually develop in the teen and young adult periods and will typically last for years.

The symptoms primarily deal with a breakdown of normal-speed thought processes and a development of poor emotional response. The condition makes it difficult for one to tell the difference between reality and imagination and can cause an inability to think clearly for any length of time.

Effects of schizophrenia usually begin with trouble sleeping or concentrating and a tense, irritable state of mind. As the disease develops, it is normal to experience a lack of emotions, appearances of hallucinations and delusions and a tendency to isolate oneself. Many patients claim to hear voices, which adds to the false assumption that it causes multiple personalities.

Common subtypes include Paranoid schizophrenia, which is characterized by a delusional belief that people are trying to harm you or a loved one, Disorganized schizophrenia, which features scatterbrained, childlike behavior and an inability to focus, and Catatonic schizophrenia, which causes the affected person to stay in bizarre positions for extended periods and respond very little to other people. It is not uncommon for someone to experience symptoms of more than one different kind of schizophrenia at once or during separate periods.

Those suffering from this illness often find it hard to function in normal situations and have trouble with housing, job training and other important aspects of life. If you or a loved one has become disabled from schizophrenia, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Call Pensacola Florida Attorney Nick A. Ortiz, who handles mental health disability claims, at 850-308-7833 for a free case evaluation and more information.